Parking permits scheme to stay
Remaining objections to a experimental residents' parking scheme are set to be overruled by transport bosses so it can be made permanent.
Leicester City Council introduced a scheme 15 months ago that meant people living or working in south Highfields and Stoneygate would have to buy £25 permits to park on the streets.
The scheme was launched as an 18-month trial after large numbers of objections during early consultations, but now the council is seeking to make it permanent.
Officials said further consultations have identified 15 complaints from householders, firms and charities in the area that have not been resolved.
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They range from people against the idea of having to pay for permits for visitors to companies saying they create parking difficulties for employees.
The council said the scheme was introduced to stop commuters parking in the area to avoid city centre parking charges and taking up spaces that could be used by residents.
On Wednesday, the council's planning committee is being asked to recommend the unresolved opposition be overruled so officers can make the decision permanent.
City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby had been heckled by residents at a public meeting he attended on the issue in the summer. He had promised the scheme would be scrapped if it proved "disastrous".
Since the scheme was brought in, in June last year, 695 residents and 18 businesses have been given parking permits.
A city council spokesman said yesterday: "We have carried out extensive consultation on this scheme.
"During this time, we received 33 objections and have been able to resolve more than half of these by altering the proposed scheme.
"Details of the objections we've not been able to resolve are being reported in full to the planning committee.
"Councillors will be able to question officers and give their views on the proposal to over-rule the objections. Their views will then be considered."
Deputy mayor and city council transport spokesman Councillor Rory Palmer: "There has been clear support for residents' parking in that area.
"There are some objections and the (planning) committee needs to take a view on them.
"It has always been a case of balancing the interests of residents who want to be able to park as easily as possible outside their homes with the legitimate concerns of businesses."
One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "I don't believe the majority of residents wanted it in the first place but the council still did it. They told us it would be experimental but knew they wanted it in permanently. It's a joke."
The council said the £25 fee covered the administration of the scheme in the area.